‘You raped me, you hurt me,’ woman said
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” When a recorded telephone conversation between an alleged rape victim and a former ski instructor was played at a trial Wednesday, the opposing attorneys both said it proved their case.
The 18-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, has accused former Beaver Creek Ski instructor David Lorenzen, 44, of raping her in January 2006 when she was 17.
The prosecution has argued the tape is evidence of the defendant’s confession. The defense has argued that the woman coerced Lorenzen’s confession with help from a detective, who wrote questions and responses for the woman.
“Do you know what it’s like to be raped? I feel, I feel terrible Dave,” the woman said in the conversation, played loudly for the Eagle County jury.
“I told you ‘no’ even before we started drinking,” the woman said. “Do you remember that?”
“Do you remember kissing me?” Lorenzen replied.
“We started kissing and I started rubbing you and you were very receptive,” Lorenzen said later. “That’s why I find it hard to believe you are calling it rape.”
The woman repeated that she said “no” and that the encounter was not a “mutual agreement.”
“I thought you changed your mind,” Lorenzen replied.
“You raped me, you hurt me,” the woman told Lorenzen.
“I’m sorry,” Lorenzen replied.
Several times the woman asked Lorenzen to admit he raped her and said she would tell her parents if he refused.
“Admit that you raped me,” the woman later said.
“Yeah ” I did,” Lorenzen replied and asked whether someone else was listening.
“That was six months ago,” Lorenzen later said. “I apologize, I thought it was mutual.”
At the end of the tape, the woman asked whether Lorenzen acknowledged it was rape.
“Yes,” he replied.
The woman text messaged Lorenzen nine or ten times the night before the alleged rape ” but only to schedule skiing the next day, she told Defense Attorney Jim Fahrenholtz during cross examination.
Fahrenholtz has argued that the messages, which have not yet been released, were “sexually suggestive” and that the woman was bored and wanted to party on the last day of her ski trip.
Lorenzen offered on the chairlift to buy her alcohol, which she thought would be served in a restaurant, the woman has said. Instead, he bought her a six-pack of Smirnoff Ice and later raped her in his apartment, she has testified.
The woman told Fahrenholtz she only drank once every couple of months. But she acknowledged that she was intoxicated at school a week before visiting Beaver Creek.
Fahrenholtz asked her whether she was expelled from school for drinking, but she didn’t answer the question because Eagle County District Court Judge R. Thomas Moorhead sustained the prosecution’s objection. The woman asked for a break and, wiping tears from her flushed face, walked quickly out of the courtroom.
“I was unsure whether or not it was rape because I felt it was my fault because I had been drinking,” the woman later told the court.
The woman failed to tell her mother about the incident because she thought she would be in trouble for drinking, the woman has said.
The woman’s mother characterized Lorenzen as very polite, though her children “have indicated otherwise,” she said.
When the mother, several months later, asked her daughter whether something had happened in Beaver Creek, her daughter “broke down crying” and told her about the rape, the mother said.
Her daughter seemed sick when she saw her for lunch at a restaurant, but did not notice whether the her daughter was intoxicated, said the mother, whose name is being withheld.
That was 15 minutes after the alleged rape, the woman said.
That evening, the woman and her mother went out to dinner with Lorenzen, the mother said.
The mother said she again noticed that her daughter seemed sick and quiet, but she failed to include that in the witness statement she wrote for Avon police months later.
“It’s not an all-inclusive tale,” the mother said about the statement.
Fahrenholtz pointed out that the mother wrote, “Nothing seemed wrong to me” in her statement.
The woman said she played pool with Lorenzen at the bar that night.
“I was not enjoying myself,” the woman said.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.